In the summer of 2008, a group of parents met to discuss the need for an alternative in education—fueled by a desire to be serious and active in carrying out their unique responsibilities as parents in the total education of their children. The known educational alternatives at the time were traditional public schooling (including charter), traditional private schooling, and home-schooling. Having experienced two of the three, the parents realized that while each had its positive aspects, these traditional options were in some way less-than-ideal for their family’s needs or life situations. Prayerfully, they agreed to work together to start a new school that represented a different alternative—one that incorporated positive aspects from the others while embodying its own special set of distinctions. If they succeeded in addressing their own concerns regarding active parental involvement, it seemed appropriate that they would also begin sharing what they learned with other parents who, like them, were seeking an effective means of educating their children.
The result of their efforts was the formation of Fortis Academy (“FA”) in Williamson County, Texas—a unique private classical school that utilizes a university-type schedule and a teacher-parent integrated instructional approach to produce a high level of academic achievement, all the while enabling strong ties between parents and their children. The academy is a University-Model School® in which two proven elements of educational success, the professional classroom instruction of a teacher and the caring at-home mentoring of a parent, are combined into a single, unified, college-simulated program. FA was incorporated on September 12, 2008 and began its first day of classes on August 17, 2009. FA is accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS).